Whether you prefer the books or the movies, being a fan of the Harry Potter universe means the fantasy series will always be a part of your life. You have probably imagined every single event in the life of the young wizard Harry in the 7 books written by British author J.K.Rowling, and then you followed every single movie released. It made you a hardcore fan, but psychologists have now revealed that is actually a good thing. As a matter of fact, it supposedly even makes you a better person! Here is more on the study.
According to a 2014 study, published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, young people who feel that they have an emotional attachment to Harry Potter were less likely to be prejudiced against minority groups.
The 2014 study found that kids who read Harry Potter are more likely to reduce prejudices toward minority groups and display greater levels of empathy. As you remember from the books, Harry often aligns himself with “stigmatized” groups in the book.
Harry Potter could offer some insight into your personality type as well, according to a 2015 study. Researchers examined the Hogwarts housing placements of the study volunteers, obtained through the Harry Potter fan site Pottermore. The results showed that people’s personalities matched with the stereotypes of each Hogwarts house. Those who were sorted into Ravenclaw, for example, had a more positive association with a need for cognition. As it turns out, reading the books may say a lot about your personality.
Moreover, reading the books may help you release stress by serving as a form of escapism, as research suggests. New studies show that reading could even lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Isn’t that amazing? Now go back rereading all of the book series!
The series also includes various themes on tolerance, courage and doing the right thing. Of course, all of this is done in a cool way. J.K. Rowling also borrowed a lot of her work from history, as well as other fantasy authors. The Death Eaters, for example, are mostly influenced by the Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan.
The books never forget the importance of kindness, and how even the smallest bit of courage makes a huge difference. Take Hermione Granger, for instance. Played by UN Ambassador Emma Watson, she is ‘muggle-born’ as her parents aren’t wizards. From the very start of the books, however, she is praised as the brightest witch showing that one’s origin is not everything.
J.K. Rowling’s work also includes characters who demonstrate that you can’t judge a book by its cover. Remus Lupin, for example, is an outcast from society as a werewolf but still a loyal friend.
And then there’s our dear Dumbledore, who comes out with some great quotes about life.
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities,” he tells our young hero. An excellent advice!
If you want to be a better person, read the Harry Potter series! It’s as simple as that!
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